When Mass Effect: Andromeda sets off on its mission to explore our nearest galactic neighbour in March, it’ll be taking a touch of Westerosi flavour with it as Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer joins the cast.
The sci-fi action RPG – developer BioWare’s first new entry in the series in five years – sees players controlling one of the two Ryder twins as they search for humanity’s new home. The game will feature Dormer as Dr Lexi T’Perro, an Asari physician and psychiatrist on board the Tempest, the game’s main spaceship, who will serve as a key ally for players as they venture around the Andromeda galaxy.
WIRED spoke with Dormer to discuss her shift into games, Lexi as a character, and how acting in the medium affects a performer.
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Natalie Dormer and fiancé Anthony Byrne may be totally in love – but that doesn’t mean it makes it easier to work together.
The couple recently collaborated on the script for the upcoming indie thriller In Darkness – and the 34-year-old actress revealed it was not as easy as she thought it would be.
“It’s tough!” Dormer told PEOPLE before speaking at the World Humanitarian Day event at the United Nations Headquarters on Friday. “I don’t know if you’ve ever been in a writing room but I wouldn’t recommend it with your other half.”
But as tough as it may have been, the former Game of Thrones actress is still enthusiastic about the prospect of starring in a movie she also wrote for the first time.
“I’m very excited about it because I’ve never done anything that I’ve written before,” Dormer admitted. “It was a very interesting process – we were trying to write real interesting characters, both male and female.”
The subject of gender equality is an important one to Dormer – who attended the event to speak in support of empowering and encouraging female victims of sexual and physical abuse.
The actress gave a speech in which she highlighted the horrifying conditions women all over the world live in and how there needs to be more support offered to them.
And when asked beforehand what everyday people can do to start supporting women, Dormer had a very simple yet poignant response: “It’s money and attitude.”
She added, “Support those charities that help women who are suffering from rape in the Sudan or women who are in a shelter from domestic violence up in Queens. Don’t be apologetic for the fact that local and national government needs to do more for gender equality.”
“Women should speak up for other women,” Dormer said.
From The Tudors to Game of Thrones, Natalie Dormer has queened her way across the small screen. And now she is ready for a cinematic second act…
You might expect an actress with the mantra ‘fear is a mind-killer’ tattooed on her wrist to lean towards the daring or reckless in her work and behaviour. Yet Natalie Dormer, the wearer of that tattoo, is exercising caution. ‘When it does come to an end,’ she says, avoiding any intimations about the fate of Margaery Tyrell, her thrice-crowned queen in Game of Thrones, ‘I will always be sad not to have those people in my life on a day-to-day basis. They become your family after six, seven, however many years.’
Dormer, 34, with her butterscotch hair, angular cheekbones and flawless silk jumpsuit, seems of a piece with the Beverly Hills hotel suite in which she’s installed (decorative scheme: money). The setting couldn’t be further from the dungeons and battlefields of the fantasy epic that is Thrones. But Hollywood is a mythical land with dragons of its own, and Dormer is winning here.
She has flown in from London to be named the Women In Film MaxMara Face of the Future at the 2016 Crystal + Lucy Awards (past honourees include Rose Byrne and Emily Blunt). At tonight’s ceremony, she will accept her statuette in front of an audience of the most powerful people in the entertainment business.
For now, she is here, deliberating over every word to avoid giving away the fact that (major spoiler alert if you haven’t caught up yet) in the season-six finale, with 8.9 million people watching in the US alone, Tyrell and everyone with her in the Sept of Baelor – the Thrones equivalent of Westminster Abbey – will explode in an inferno of green wildfire. ‘For me, that’s the whole point of storytelling: that it reaches the third act,’ she continues. ‘That’s what I’m in it for. I’m really looking forward to the end, because I want to know who sits on that throne.’